Chickpea Veggie Fritter Bites with Avocado Dipping Sauce

These chickpea veggie fritter bites with avocado dipping sauce make for a great snack or appetizer. I also like adding them to salads and Buddha bowls. 

Today’s recipe is a twist on one I published last year. These chickpea veggie fritter bites with avocado dipping sauce make for a great appetizer or snack. I also like adding them to salads and Buddha bowls. The hint of ginger gives them a little zing that pairs nicely with the cool, refreshing dip.

These chickpea veggie fritter bites with avocado dipping sauce make for a great snack or appetizer. I also like adding them to salads and Buddha bowls. 

At the start of football season this past fall, I saw a bunch of buffalo cauliflower recipes pop up on my favorite food blogs (Brittany’s recipe on Eating Bird Food looks delish!) and I was feeling inspired to make some creative vegan app alternatives myself. So, naturally, I did the least creative thing possible and just changed the shape of an old recipe. Womp womp wommmmp.

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Groundbreakingly (not a word, but we’re just gonna go with it) original? No. But a yummy, nutrient-dense appetizer recipe? Hellz yes. I already shared this recipe on my Instagram feed months ago, but I’ve made it several times since and think it’s definitely deserving of it’s own blog post.These chickpea veggie fritter bites with avocado dipping sauce make for a great snack or appetizer. I also like adding them to salads and Buddha bowls. 

Chickpea Veggie Fritter Bites with Avocado Dipping Sauce

Yield: 24 bites

Chickpea Veggie Fritter Bites with Avocado Dipping Sauce

Ingredients

  • 15.5 oz chickpeas (1 can), rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini (about 1 medium zucchini)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots (about 2 carrots)
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (I've used whole wheat and panko—both work!)
  • 1/3 cup dairy-free shredded cheddar cheese (optional, but they'll hold together better with it)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp flax meal
  • 5 tbsp water
  • 1" ginger root, peeled and grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • Salt + pepper to taste (be generous)
  • For the dipping sauce
  • 1 avocado
  • 3 tbsp dairy-free plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp packed fresh chopped parsley
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Prepare the flax eggs. Mix flax meal and water together in a small bowl and let sit while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. You want the mixture to start to gel. Depends on the temperature of the water, but could be good to go in as little as 5 minutes.
  3. Using a small food processor, pulse the chickpeas (rinse, drain and pat dry first). You don't want them to turn into a paste, so don't overdo it. You want them combined but still with a bit of chunk. If you don't have a food processor, just coarsely mush them up with a fork.
  4. Use a grater to shred the zucchini and carrots. Use a paper towel to press out excess liquid.
  5. Add all ingredients to a big bowl and mix together (easiest to use your hands).
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or lightly grease it). Roll the veggie mixture into small balls (about 1"). Place on the pan.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes.
  8. While the bites bake, make the avocado dipping sauce. Put all ingredients in a food processor and combine until smooth.
http://pumpsandiron.com/2018/01/14/chickpea-veggie-fritter-bites-avocado-dipping-sauce/

These chickpea veggie fritter bites with avocado dipping sauce make for a great snack or appetizer. I also like adding them to salads and Buddha bowls. 

If you roll the balls too big, they’re difficult to eat with the toothpick (they’ll fall off) but they still make for a great two-bite finger food. These chickpea veggie fritter bites with avocado dipping sauce make for a great snack or appetizer. I also like adding them to salads and Buddha bowls.  These chickpea veggie fritter bites with avocado dipping sauce make for a great snack or appetizer. I also like adding them to salads and Buddha bowls. 

If you don’t have an upcoming occasion necessitating appetizers, make this recipe so that you have the fritters on hand for adding to salads and buddha bowls. A batch will make about a dozen balls and you can store in the refrigerator all week. Easy meal prep!

Mint Pesto Edamame Pasta with Summer Squash

This mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash recipe makes for a delicious dinner! Gluten-free and vegan.This post is sponsored by Explore Cuisine. All opinions—as always!—are my own.

Hello from New Jersey! I’m at Joe’s mom’s place for the weekend so there’s no meal prepping for the week ahead going on for me today (or, honestly, any Sunday in the summer). However if you’re planning to get busy in the kitchen today, I highly suggest you whip up a big batch of this mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash. Store the leftover pesto in the fridge and enjoy it spread on toast, roasted veggies and pastas all week long. Bonus: this recipe is dairy-free and gluten-free.

Be sure to scroll down after you check out the recipe—I’ve got a delicious giveaway for you today!

This mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash recipe makes for a delicious dinner! Gluten-free and vegan. This mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash recipe makes for a delicious dinner! Gluten-free and vegan.

This recipe would work with any pasta or pasta alternative you choose, but I highly recommend you give Explore Cuisine‘s Edamame Spaghetti a try. We love it in our apartment! Joe is skeptical of everything and kept asking me, “What’s in this? Why is it so good?” but it’s just made with one simple ingredient: organic edamame. Not only is it easy to cook with (same texture as regular spaghetti), but it’s high in fiber (11g per serving) and protein (24g per serving), vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and organic. If you have a gluten allergy or just otherwise are looking for a pasta alternative, give Explore Cuisine a try!

This mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash recipe makes for a delicious dinner! Gluten-free and vegan.

Mint Pesto Edamame Pasta with Summer Squash

Yield: 4 servings

Mint Pesto Edamame Pasta with Summer Squash

Ingredients

  • 8 oz edamame spaghetti (1 box of Explore Cuisine)
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2-1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Mint Pesto:*
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Prepare all the ingredients. Wash the produce. Remove ends of the squash and zucchini and slice into 1/4" rounds. If large in diameter, cut the rounds in half. Remove the mint and basil leaves from their stems. Peel and mince two of the cloves of garlic (to be used with the squash).
  2. While the water comes to a boil, make the pesto. Place all listed pesto ingredients and half the olive oil in a food processor and pulse until the nuts are finely chopped. Slowly add in the remaining olive oil as you process until you reach the desired consistency. Set the pesto aside.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. As you wait, heat 1/2-1tbsp of olive oil on a large pan over medium-high heat. Add in the minced garlic and stir until fragrant and the garlic just starts to turn golden in color. Add in the squash and zucchini and sauté for 4-6 mins (until soft, but not mushy). Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper. You don't want to add the salt while the squash cooks or it'll get too watery.
  4. When the water boils, add in the edamame spaghetti. Bring to a simmer for 3-5 minutes. Strain. For al dente texture, I like to run it under cold water while I strain.
  5. Add spaghetti to pan with squash and mix together. Add on the pesto. Enjoy!

Notes

*I usually don't use all the pesto and have some leftover which I store in the refrigerator and enjoy spread on toast the next day. 🙂

http://pumpsandiron.com/2017/07/30/mint-pesto-edamame-pasta-with-summer-squash/

This mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash recipe makes for a delicious dinner! Gluten-free and vegan.

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This mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash recipe makes for a delicious dinner! Gluten-free and vegan.

Big thanks to Explore Cuisine for sponsoring this giveaway! In addition to their Edamame Pasta, I was sent a beautiful Pastaiola Pasta Set from Lagostina in which to cook this recipe and I absolutely love it! You can follow Explore Cuisine on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Dairy-Free Chipotle Sauce

This creamy dairy-free chipotle sauce is just like your favorite aioli but vegan. Perfect for dipping or spreading on your favorite Mexican dish.I’ve got a two-part recipe to share with you guys in preparation for Cinco de Mayo next week. Today we’ve got this incredible dairy-free chipotle sauce (seriously it’s delicious) and on Tuesday we’ve got tacos using this vegan aioli wonder. I typically never line up my blog’s content with calendar holidays because I’m a disorganized hot mess so let’s just all take a moment to appreciate the seasonality and relevancy of today’s post. *pats self on back*

Tacos, burritos, nachos–all perfect matches for this vegan chipotle aioli sauce. But it also makes for an unreal dip for french fries or homemade potato wedges. And if you’re looking to assemble a Buddha bowl with a flavor kick, try drizzling it over your favorite roasted veggies and grains. Clearly there are tons of uses and it’ll keep well in the refrigerator all week. If you’re meal prepping this weekend, add this recipe to your list!

This creamy chipotle sauce is just like your favorite aioli but without the dairy. Perfect for dipping or spreading on your favorite Mexican dish.

Dairy-Free Chipotle Sauce

Yield: roughly 1 c

Dairy-Free Chipotle Sauce

Ingredients

  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 tsp of the adobo sauce
  • 2/3 c raw cashews, soaked
  • 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp lime juice (juice from about 2 limes)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil (optional--increases the creamy texture)

Instructions

  1. Cover the cashews in filtered water in an airtight container and soak overnight. If you're in a pinch for time, cover with boiling water and let soak (uncovered) for an hour. Drain and pat dry.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or quality blender until smooth, scraping down sides as necessary. If too thick, add a little more almond milk.
  3. Store leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a week.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Minimalist Baker

http://pumpsandiron.com/2017/04/30/dairy-free-chipotle-sauce/
This creamy chipotle sauce is just like your favorite aioli but without the dairy. Perfect for dipping or spreading on your favorite Mexican dish.Flavorful sauces and the right seasoning combinations can completely transform a meal. I’m by no stretch of the imagination a trained cook, but over the years I’ve come to realize that. I mentioned The Flavor Bible in a past My Favorite Things post (I have the Vegetarian version), and it’s been so helpful in creating sauces (like this dairy-free chipotle sauce!) and spice combos that actually work with the ingredients I have. It’s seriously become my holy grail in the kitchen. Highly recommend it to any other aspiring home chefs. 🙂
This creamy dairy-free chipotle sauce is just like your favorite aioli but vegan. Perfect for dipping or spreading on your favorite Mexican dish.

Stay tuned for Tuesday’s taco recipe! It was a huge hit in my apartment–granted that’s comprised of two people, but Joe is ridiculously picky so he carries a lot of weight. That’s what I tell myself anyway …